List of Courses in English

List of Courses in English

Courses in English offered by the Study Centre for Public Administration and Public Finances, Faculty of Law:

I. Multi-level Governance and Regional Policy

II. European Administrative Space and National Administration

III. Reforming Public Administration in the European Context (offered within the Law programme of the Faculty of Law)

 In addition, international students can choose courses in English offered by the Faculty of Law, Department of Social Work.

 

 

I. MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE AND REGIONAL POLICY

Contact

Dr Vedran Đulabić, assistant professor, Department of Administrative Science of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb (vdulabic@pravo.hr)

 

Course objectives 
The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the organization and functioning of the structural instruments of the European Union. Also, the students are introduced to the basic ideas required for the understanding of multi-level governance theoretical concept and the comprehension of the EU regional policy (regional policy, regional development, regionalism, regional self-government, EU structural funds, absorption capacity, multi-level decision-making).

 

Course teachers
Professor Ivan Koprić, Department of Administrative Science of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb

Dr Vedran Đulabić, assistant professor, Department of Administrative Science of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb

Dr Mihovil Škarica, assistant professor, Department of Administrative Science of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb

Dr Romea Manojlović, assistant professor, Department of Administrative Science of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb

Credits 
5 ECTS
 

Semester
Winter semester (October-January) - in case of students’ interest, there is a possibility for teaching the same course in the summer semester.


Format
Three hours of lectures per week. Reading materials will be prepared at the beginning of the course, possibly retrievable online. Preparation for the class is required, as well as the active participation in the class discussion. Students will be assigned with the individual tasks ie. writing a paper under the supervision of mentor.
 

Grading and evaluating 
Final exam is oral. Students' activities in class discussions or presentations will be given special weight by determining final mark. 
During the course the students will be required to submit one essay, which will count toward final mark (30%). The topic of the essay will be designated according to student’s interest. 
Students shall be graded in accordance with Croatian grading system.
 

 

 II. EUROPEAN ADMINISTRATIVE SPACE AND NATIONAL ADMINISTRATION

 Contact

Dr Goranka Lalić Novak, assistant professor, Department of Administrative Science of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb (glalic@pravo.hr)

 

Course objectives

The aim of the Course is to introduce the students to the development, processes, methods and institutions of the European Union, with the emphasis on the executive and administrative aspects. The notion of European Administrative Space will be presented and discussed. Also, the Course aims to introduce students to the impact of the European integration on the public administration of the member and candidate states, emphasizing different aspects of the system (better regulation, quality of services, performance, local-self government).

 

Course teachers

Professor Ivan Koprić, Department of Administrative Science of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb

Dr Anamarija Musa, assistant professor, Department of Administrative Science of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb

Dr Goranka Lalić Novak, assistant professor, Department of Administrative Science of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb

Dr Jasmina Džinić, assistant professor, Department of Administrative Science of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb

Dr Romea Manojlović, assistant professor, Department of Administrative Science of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb

 

Language

English

 

Credits

5 ECTS

 

Semester

Winter semester (October-January) - in case of students’ interest, there is a possibility for teaching the same course in the summer semester.

 

Format

In general, three hours of lectures per week are planned (or modified, if agreed with the teacher).

Teaching takes place in form of the short introductory lecture followed by the student presentations of their readings and discussion (discussion group). The students should prepare for each meeting short presentation of one obligatory reading and one elective reading from the list for each topic.

The assessment of the student’s achievement is comprised of the assessment of her/his activity during lectures (presence, presentation, discussion) and the essay.

Students are obliged to submit their essays in order to successfully complete their course.  Students are free to define the essay topic according to their interest and upon the consultation with the teacher. Essay should be up to 25 pages long. If unsatisfied with the mark achieved in the essay, student may opt to take an oral exam in the last week of the course.

Students shall be graded in accordance with Croatian grading system.

The reading list is determined in the beginning of the course.

 

III. REFORMING PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN THE EUROPEAN CONTEXT

The course is offered by the Faculty of Law.

 

Lecturers
professor dr Ivan Koprić (ikopric@pravo.hr), 
associate professor dr Gordana Marčetić (gmarceti@pravo.hr)

assistant professor dr Anamarija Musa (amusa@pravo.hr) 
assistant professor dr Vedran Đulabić (vdulabic@pravo.hr)

assistant professor dr Goranka Lalić Novak (glalic@pravo.hr)

 

Basic information about the course
The course is comprised of lectures (30 hours in one semester, both Winter and Summer semester) and individual work. It counts for 4 ECTS. Examination includes oral examination (70% of final mark) and one essay (30%)

 

Short description
The course is intended to offer an extensive overview on current reforms of public administration in Europe, with particular emphasis on the changing patterns of the administrative development within (or due to) the EU membership. 
In the first part of the course key processes are analyzed: comparative reforms in European states, including changes in the civil service; decentralisation process, enhanced by the subsidiarity principle; and the developments relating to the quality and innovation in public administration, with special reference to effectiveness and appropriate regulatory instruments. 
In the second part the changing role of public administration within the EU is analysed, especially the efforts of the EU to support candidate countries to reform their public administrations. New European policy and regulation regarding the provision of civil services will be presented, as well as their institutional consequences (regulatory agencies). Finally, the role of public administration in implementation and coordination of European policies is analyzed. 
The third part offers an introduction and an overview of public administration and public sector reform in Croatia, in terms of modernisation of central government and administration, and with regard to the improvement of public services provision, both at the local level and at the state level, with special reference to the better regulation agenda. Building on the previously taught units, students will be able to assess relative success of Croatian reform process within the European and EU realm.

 

Aim and expected outcomes
Process approach offered in this course will help students to develop their analytic skills, evaluate the issues presented in the course of time, and to polish their comparative approach to public law / institutions problems. 
The course will help students to develop broaden their understanding of the public law issues, particularly the contemporary controversies of public administration. Secondly, the analysis of the impact of the EU on national states will provide students with the knowledge on comparative public administration change. Students will be introduced with public management concepts (performance management and contracts, quality assessments, etc.) which are omnipresent in public sector, where great numbers of lawyers build their careers. Finally, international students will develop their understanding of the Croatian state and local government system, while domestic students will deepen their knowledge and, based on the course readings, will acquire a new view on domestic problems. Additionally, students will be able to assess general transition countries’ problems in reforming political institutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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